October 2015 (#208)

In this update:

  • Political Party Donations
  • The Great Wall of Money
  • TI’s ‘Unmask the Corrupt’ Campaign

Political Party Donations

The Conversation website notes that the High Court has ‘unequivocally confirmed…that political donations may be limited – both in their size, and even in who can make them.’ Now the immediate challenge for Premier Baird is to legislate into effect the recommendations of the bi-partisan expert panel chaired by Kerry Schott without waiting for uniformity to be reached with Canberra and the other states.


The Great Wall of Money

ABC’s Four Corners (12 October) examines members of China’s super rich who have purchased homes, apartments, even massive commercial developments, in Australia. Investment by Chinese nationals in Australian real estate has grown by over 400% in five years, with as much as A$12 billion spent in the previous financial year. The program exposes hidden dangers in doing business with China: corruption; lack of transparency, and questions about money laundering.

If this concerns you, read the following item.


TI’s ‘Unmask the Corrupt’ Campaign

The current Transparency International campaign makes it possible for everyone to help stop the corrupt from hiding their identity and illegal activities. You can alert others to the fact that corrupt politicians and business people continue to escape justice and enjoy luxury lifestyles funded by stolen public money, smuggling illicit funds through shadowy secret companies.



Doing Business Transparently- presented by GHD, King & Wood Mallesons and TIA. 5.30pm on 20 October 2015 – at GHD Brisbane.

For further information: 07 3244 8704; RSVP – bri.events@au.kwm.com


 TI Australia e-Update #208

October 2015

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